Summer Internship Grant Program

News & Announcements

May 22, 2014 - ICE-E Intern Orientation
August 7, 2014 - ICE-E Recognition Ceremony & Dinner

Overview / Purpose

The Initiative in Civic Engagement and Equity (ICE-E) provides grants of up to $5,000 for UDC undergraduate students who are working at unpaid summer 2015 internships that encourage critical thinking about how our society works and action to address inequities.

The purpose of the grant is to enable students who might not otherwise have the financial means, to engage in one of the many unpaid internships in Washington, DC that promote the Initiative's goal of creating a more equitable society.

Criteria for Participation

Grant awardees must:

  • Be a full-time UDC student (at least 12 credit hours), in good academic and financial standing, in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Undergraduate seniors (graduating in May or August 2015), graduate students, and law students are not eligible for the grant.
  • Secure an unpaid internship with an organization located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that promotes a more equitable society. The internship must be full-time (forty hours per week) and last for at least eight weeks during summer 2015.
  • Be willing to engage in four "equity seminars" / leadership development workshops, two team building activities during the eight-week internship period.

Application Process

Applications for summer 2015 ICE-E grants will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis starting on February 27 and running until April 27, 2015. It is highly recommended that students submit their applications as early as possible due to anticipated high demand for grants.
An ICE-E Review Committee will consider all applications. Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision within three weeks of the date that the application is received. During that period, the applicant may receive a request for an interview. Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision via e-mail.

Applicants who are offered grants will have one week to either accept or decline the award.

Application Instructions:

Click here to download application.

Applications must include five items: (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) an official UDC transcript; (3) a signed copy of the internship offer letter on official letterhead, (4) a letter of reference from a UDC faculty member in a sealed envelope, (5) and a copy of the grant application form with essay attached.

All five items should be placed in one envelope and sent to:

Initiative in Civic Engagement, and Equity | Bld. 52, Street Level| University of the District of Columbia | 4340 Connecticut Ave., N.W. | Washington, DC 20008

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact us at or 202.274.7144.

2014 Grant Recipients

From left to right: JoVita Wells (ICE-E Director);Akuoma Kamalu (2013 ICE-E Alumna); Kelechi Okereke (Howard University School of Medicine); Erika Roberts (NAACP, Washington Bureau); Justen Jones (National Institutes of Health); Heather Burns (Live to Give Charitable Trust, Co-founder); Daniel Melvin (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences); Jacob Boeckelman(National Institutes of Health); Labrina Long (UDC, Tally's Corner Project); Shahnoza Dusmatova (National Institutes of Health); Kathleen Malloy (Live to Give Charitable Trust, Co-founder); Webs Pierre (American Red Cross; and Mulenga Chileshe (Airline Ambassadors International).